There were plenty of points to go around Saturday in Lubbock with Texas Tech conquering conference-rival West Virginia by a final count of 34-27. Eight touchdowns were scored in Saturday’s slugfest, but we’re not here to discuss those. Touchdowns are a dime a dozen in the defense-optional Big 12. Instead, let’s talk about this rocket off the foot of Tech punter Austin McNamara.
McNamara’s booming, physics-defying, third-quarter punt spanned a miraculous 87 yards, literally traveling end zone to end zone. In case you thought that was some kind of fluky, out-of-body experience for McNamara, know the 6’4” sophomore launched a 74-yard bomb only a quarter earlier. Not too shabby. At this point, it’s fair to wonder if McNamara, a former three-star recruit who hails from Gilbert, Arizona (he graduated from the same high school as bearded wonder Ryan Fitzpatrick), is of this planet or if this is another one of those Barry from Archer cyborg-type scenarios.
McNamara’s 87-yard masterpiece was the longest in FBS since Marshall punter Kaare Vedvik (now a practice-squadder for the Washington Football Team) laced a goliath 92-yarder against Old Dominion in 2017. Recognized as a freshman All-American in 2019, McNamara has quickly emerged as one of the top booters in all of college football, averaging an impressive 46.5 yards on his 22 punts this season.
Saturday’s triumph snapped a three-game losing skid for Texas Tech. The Red Raiders would prefer to use McNamara sparingly, but hopefully he’ll still get the chance to wow us with a couple long ones when Oklahoma visits next Saturday.